C. S. Lewis Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous C. S. Lewis quotes and C. S. Lewis sayings, and C. S. Lewis proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"There is, hidden or flaunted, a sword between the sexes till an entire marriage reconciles them. "

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"‘Good English’ is whatever educated people talk; so that what is good in one place or time would not be so in another. "

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"Real joy seems to me almost as unlike security or prosperity as it is unlike agony. "

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"Anthropomorphic animals, when taken out of narrative into actual visibility, always turn into buffoonery or nightmare. "

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"Some people write heavily, some write lightly. I prefer the light approach because I believe there is a great deal of false reverence about. There is too much solemnity and intensity in dealing with sacred matters; too much speaking in holy tones. "

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"The long, dull, monotonous years of middle-aged prosperity or middle-aged adversity are excellent campaigning weather for the devil. "

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"There is no uncreated being except God. God has no opposite. "

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"It’s so much easier to pray for a bore than to go and see one. "

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"‘The Lion’ all began with a picture of a faun carrying an umbrella and parcels in a snowy wood. This picture had been in my mind since I was about sixteen. Then one day, when I was about forty, I said to myself, ‘Let’s try to make a story about it.’ "

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"Has this world been so kind to you that you should leave with regret? There are better things ahead than any we leave behind. "

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"Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning. "

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"What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be a power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument. "

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"Nothing is more dangerous to one’s own faith than the work of an apologist. No doctrine of that faith seems to me so spectral, so unreal as one that I have just successfully defended in a public debate. "

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"The real problem is not why some pious, humble, believing people suffer, but why some do not. "

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"Don’t use words too big for the subject. Don’t say ‘infinitely’ when you mean ‘very’; otherwise you’ll have no word left when you want to talk about something really infinite. "

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"I’m tall, fat, rather bald, red-faced, double-chinned, black-haired, have a deep voice, and wear glasses for reading. "

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"With the possible exception of the equator, everything begins somewhere. "

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"Humans are amphibians – half spirit and half animal. As spirits they belong to the eternal world, but as animals they inhabit time. "

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"Miracles are a retelling in small letters of the very same story which is written across the whole world in letters too large for some of us to see. "

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"Long before history began we men have got together apart from the women and done things. We had time. "

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"Can a mortal ask questions which God finds unanswerable? Quite easily, I should think. All nonsense questions are unanswerable."

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"Solemnity is proper in church, but things that are proper in church are not necessarily proper outside, and vice versa. For example, I can say a prayer while washing my teeth, but that does not mean I should wash my teeth in church."

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"A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. "

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"Writing is like a ‘lust,’ or like ‘scratching when you itch.’ Writing comes as a result of a very strong impulse, and when it does come, I, for one, must get it out. "

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"If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair. "

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"The safest road to hell is the gradual one – the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts. "

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"When Christ died, He died for you individually just as much as if you’d been the only man in the world. "

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"History isn’t just the story of bad people doing bad things. It’s quite as much a story of people trying to do good things. But somehow, something goes wrong. "

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"Thirty was so strange for me. I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult."

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"Some people feel guilty about their anxieties and regard them as a defect of faith but they are afflictions, not sins. Like all afflictions, they are, if we can so take them, our share in the passion of Christ. "

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